In Focus: Tottenham must stay strong as Bayern Munich eye Dier deal

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier is a target for Bayern Munich who are considering launching a £50m offer for the versatile Spurs star before the summer transfer window closes at the end of this month, despite Manchester United already failing to get the player.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun on Sunday says that Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring the 23-year-old to the Allianz Arena and the former Chelsea manager believes that the England international could be available.

The Sun on Sunday says that Manchester United were rebuffed in their attempts to bring Dier to Old Trafford this summer – instead opting to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea – but it hasn’t put off the Bundesliga giants.

While the north London outfit won’t want to lose the midfielder having already sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City, they could be tempted if Dier fancies the move to Munich, and the report adds that it could even finally help them get a deal for the £50m-rated Ross Barkley over the line.

How did Dier do last season?

Despite impressing in the defensive midfield position for the two seasons prior to the previous campaign, the 23-year-old often found himself featuring at centre-back instead last term following the arrival of Victor Wanyama from Southampton last summer.

32 of Dier’s 48 appearances in all competitions came at the heart of the defence where he lined up alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in a three-man defence.

While the England international has shown that he is a capable performer in defence and in midfield, it remains to be seen whether Mauricio Pochettino could still look to sign a specialist centre-back before the window slams shut.

Could Bayern really get him?

It’s difficult to say.

Spurs certainly won’t want to sell having already seen Walker leave and they will want to keep the group of players together that have come so close to winning the Premier League title in successive seasons.

Additionally, they will want to show their ambitions to the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli for the future, even if it means they keep Dier and shell out a little more cash to bring Barkley to the club.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it could all come down to what Dier wants to do but Spurs certainly won’t want to lose another first team star this summer after failing to bring a single player in.